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Two dead in separate beach tragedies

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Emergency services raced to save a man at Aldinga Beach on March 12. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Brenton Edwards

Two men have died in separate tragedies at popular Australian beaches.

South Australian police revealed a 79-year-old man from Murray Bridge died in a suspected drowning at Aldinga Beach, about 46km south of the Adelaide CBD, just before 3pm on Tuesday.

Emergency services responded to reports a man had been pulled unconscious from the ocean.

CPR was performed at the scene but the man could not be saved.

“Police are preparing a report for the coroner after a suspected drowning today,” police said in a statement.

“There are no suspicious circumstances.”

Aldinga Beach is south of Adelaide. Picture: Google Maps
Aldinga Beach is south of Adelaide. Picture: Google Maps

In a separate incident, a surfer died after he was pulled unconscious from the water at Main Beach in Byron Bay about 9.30am on Monday.

The 59-year-old man was treated by Surf Life Saving NSW and paramedics.

He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition but could not be saved.

Main Beach is a well-known tourist destination.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a hazardous surf warning for the Byron Coast on Tuesday morning.

“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating and swimming,” the warning read.

“NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that people should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.”

A similar warning had been issued on Monday too.